2010 was a terrific year for fall foliage here in Quebec. I spent a lot of time experimenting with different abstract compositions, using as many colors as possible.
Some color combinations work very well, others – not so much. At times, its the amount and angle of sunlight that can make or break a photograph.
If the foliage maximum occurs during a cloudy week, there are still opportunities for great photographs, but the intensity of the colors’ saturation will be somewhat diminished. Its at times like this that the muted coloration becomes more earthy toned, less striking/impact-driven.
Other times, the sun blazes away, creating high, or almost bas-like, relief in contrast. These photographs can be great for impact, but there is often a razor thin margin between areas that could be under-exposed versus the likelihood of having a region with blown-out highlights.
Here, I tried to use a hybrid method of shooting, where the sun was full-on but low in the sky, and shadows were generated through the underside of the leaves.